How We Used to Live is screening at the Southend Film Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May – book tickets here
A unique celebration of post-war London by acclaimed director Paul Kelly, created through a compelling use of rare footage drawn from the BFI National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne with a spellbinding narration by Ian McShane. Using only colour footage from 1950 – 1980 How We Used to Live covers the early days of the welfare state up to the opening years of Margaret Thatcher’s reign. From the shadow of the war and the great future created by the welfare state to the rise of individualism and the triumph of the consumer society, it is as much a lyrical cinematic meditation on life now as then.
We will welcome director Kelly and writers Bob Stanley and Travis Elborough for a post screening discussion.
Here I am speaking to Jo Good about A London Year on BBC Radio London,
A piece I wrote for the last issue of Kinfolk on pubs – you can now read it here online: